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SsangYong Musso ramps up the lifestyle appeal

SsangYong is targeting small business owner-drivers with its new Musso pickup, which claims SUV-derived refinement and equipment levels in addition to the outgoing model’s capacity and pulling power.

SsangYong Musso

SsangYong Musso

Launching this summer, the Musso shares its platform with the Rexton large SUV; it’s a body-on-frame construction, with a single, five-seat, crew cab body, and comes backed by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. The aim is to broaden the customer base beyond its utilitarian predecessor.

So SsangYong is majoring on equipment; all except the entry-level version get a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, most have heated front seats, while the range-topping version includes 20-inch alloy wheels, Nappa leather and on-board Wi-Fi.

From launch, it gets a 179bhp, 310lb/ft 2.2-litre diesel engine as used in the Rexton, paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. This is paired with a part-time four-wheel drive system, and high and low ratios for off-road use. Equally important, it can tow up to 3.5 tonnes, with a maximum load weight of one tonne and a deck capable of holding a Euro pallet.

Prices and UK specification will be confirmed closer to the launch.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.